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London cyclist dies in collision with waste lorry

A female cyclist died in London after a collision with a heavy good vehicle (HGV) of waste management company Veolia Environmental Services.

The woman was hit on Thurlow Park Road in West Dulwich, the London Evening Standard reported.

A Veolia spokesperson said: “Due to the ongoing investigation we cannot comment any further at this stage.”

The incident happened on the same day that London mayor Boris Johnson announced that HGVs will have to be fitted with safety devices in reaction to the number of cyclist deaths on the capital’s roads, which will affect HGVs carrying waste in London.

Up to 6,000 vehicles, including waste lorries, tipper trucks and cement mixers will have to meet new standards or face a £200 fine per day under the new rules. Life-saving sidebars or low-skirts will need to be fitted around affected vehicles.

A 12-week public consultation will take place and a Safer Lorry Charge zone is expected to be introduced next year.

HGVs have been involved in 53% of London cyclist deaths in the last four years, but they only account for 4% of traffic, according to the Evening Standard.

Pressure has been put on the mayor this week when a rally of thousands of cyclists passed through the city centre, asking for safer cycling routes.

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